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Pear without the partridge


This morning was outdoor work trying to restrain the exuberant growth of some hedging plant related to the honeysuckle but much less attractive.

In the workshop this afternoon tackling another of the rough turned pear bowls. This one was as different could be to the delicate, almost see-through one I finished last. It was chunky and thick. I had deliberately left it with heartwood in, expecting it to crack - which it did. Again it had shrunk across the grain, turning the circle into an oval and bowing the rim.

My intention was to scoop out the heartwood cracks, which I proceeded to do. I'm sure there is some power-driven device which does this effortlessly, but I don't have it. So I use the old fashioned fret saw.

With this bowl I had deeply grooved the outside, so that in finishing I could could use the same technique of sanding away the surface to expose the contast between the oxidised surface colour and the inner pale which is more characteristic of pear.

Here you can see the deep grooving as well as the sawn out crack at one side of the bowl.

The contrast in colour worked after sanding the outside, but although I think it makes a distinctive and unique bowl, I think I prefer the irregular spiral on the inside.

There is a tension here between aesthetics and functionality. You can fill this bowl without loss, but if you put stuff in the one with pattern on the inside, you can't see the pattern!


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